Looking back - 1988: Kaspicks win big at the Windfall Dance


Jessica Morton
Neepawa Banner & Press

80 years ago
Tuesday, May 3, 1938
The familiar figure of William Sheen with pipe, bicycle and a pack under his arm on his way to and from the hospital will be seen no more. He has retired from the rigorous routine of hospital staff life after 18 years of service as caretaker at the local institution, completing his duties Saturday night. He will now be free to come and go as he pleases and enjoy his well earned permanent vacation.

70 years ago
Thursday, May 6, 1948
Flood swollen waters of the Little Saskatchewan River broke through the Minnedosa dam early Tuesday evening releasing a wall of water that swept through the central part of the town tearing out 800 feet of the CPR right of way and inundating the main street, flooding stores and homes. Sections of sidewalk were torn up 3 blocks away from the river channel. One hundred yards of the dam washed out, leaving only a stream coursing through the empty lake bed. Railway repair crews went into action immediately following the flood. Upwards of 100 trucks and several hundred men, commencing on Saturday, worked 24 hours a day to save the structure. Trucks were dispatched from Neepawa Monday night to assist in the work of hauling stones to save the dam. Six hundred loaves of bread were sent from here to feed the workers on Monday night. The waters receded within a few hours and by 11 p.m. had dropped below the bridge level.

60 years ago
Friday, May 2, 1958
Thirty eight members of the Neepawa Squadron No. 9 Royal Canadian Air Cadets journeyed to Shilo Wednesday afternoon. The local cadets were to have experienced a jump from the parachute practice tower at Shilo but strong winds forced cancellation of this part of the program. However, they were able to inspect the various installations at the big military centre and all reported a most interesting and enjoyable time.

50 years ago
Friday, May 3, 1968
The Neepawa Fire Department started out this week on a busy note, answering a call on each of the first three days of the week. On Monday, about 5 p.m., the trucks were called to a grass fire which had ignited the fence on the west side of the CNR tracks. It was quickly brought under control. Tuesday morning, a call came from the farm of Phillip Kuharski where an outhouse was destroyed. On Wednesday, shortly after 6 p.m., a grass fire at the E. Barron farm spread into fruit trees near the house and threatened the residence before it was brought under control.

40 years ago
Thursday, May 4, 1978
Enthusiasm, dedication and guts - those are just a few of the words used to describe Manitoba Pool Elevator president Jim Deveson at a dinner held in this honour last weekend. Close to 200 friends, family and fellow workers gathered at Jim’s home base of Arden, to pay tribute to his work in the farm industry and offer the best wishes for his term in office as Manitoba Pool president. This marks Jim Deveson’s 22nd year as a member of the Pool organization.

30 years ago
Tuesday, May 3, 1988
It’s difficult to imagine an event where everyone comes out a winner, but such was the case last Saturday at the 10th annual Neepawa Kinsmen Club’s Windfall Dance. The Kinsmen, Kinettes and K-40’s came away with a sense of accomplishment, the people attending all received an evening of entertainment and prizes, but the biggest winner was the Touchwood Park Association, even though Evelyn and Henry Kaspick won the $1,000 draw. Touchwood was declared the beneficiary of the dance’s proceeds, as part of the Kinsmen’s $10,000 commitment to the proposed renovations and a new building for a woodworking shop.

20 years ago
Monday, May 4, 1998
The Yellowhead Road Runners Auto Club hit the road last Monday, but they weren’t behind the wheel. The Road Runners, a Neepawa-based group of vintage and custom car enthusiasts, were on the business end of litter sticks. A five-kilometre stretch of Highway 16 has become the responsibility of the Road Runners under the terms of the province’s Adopt a Highway Program - but not just any five kilometres. They’ve taken on the stretch of highway leading from the eastern edge of Neepawa to the landfill site turnoff. It took three hours and a 20-man crew to do it, but the ditches on that portion of highway are now free of garbage.

10 years ago
Monday, May 5, 2008
The newest history book has gone to print and will be available to the public in July. The official launch of the book is planned for the 125 homecoming at the Yellowhead Hall on July 16. The book included over 700 family histories, plus businesses, organizations and services, churches, schools, sports and other interesting features for close to 800 pages. Only 1,000 books will be published and 762 have been pre-sold.